With more than 100 hormones circulating in your body, hormone balance is a vast and complicated medical issue. Reproductive hormones, metabolic hormones, stress hormones and sex hormones constantly send messages from the brain to the body, the body to the brain and between all of the organs and tissues ... and the delicate balance of all these hormones in relation to each other allows our bodies to perform optimally.
This balance of hormones is easily disrupted, resulting in a long list of physical and emotional symptoms. Hormonal imbalances can occur in both men and women of any age, though it is most commonly seen in adults beyond middle age. Hormonal imbalance can begin as early as age 35, many years before the onset of menopause!
The decline in hormones, particularly testosterone can be so gradual that symptoms can be present for many years before they start to become noticeable. Menopause is the final stage, when the production of female hormones nearly ceases altogether. Interestingly, even after menopause, the body will still continue to produce testosterone, but to a much lower degree than before menopause.
Some of the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalances are:
In this section we explore many of these symptoms and the options for treatment.